For students who ask their teachers "When will I ever use this in the real world?" Career and Leadership Development Events (CDE/LDEs) are the answer. Since 1928, FFA has worked to create events that demonstrate the meaningful connections between classroom instruction and real-life scenarios. CDE/LDEs build on what is learned in agricultural classes and the FFA. The events are designed to help prepare students for careers in agriculture. Classroom instruction comes alive as students demonstrate their skills in a competitive setting. CDE/LDEs test the abilities of individuals and teams in 24 major areas of agricultural instruction.
All chapters must participate in the district level in the career development areas they wish to participate in at the State Educational CDE's in Agriculture. We understand that there are districts that do not host certain events but it is important that the students participating in State CDE's have prior knowledge and experience in the events they participate in.
Many of the LDEs have elimination rounds at the district level before the state level competition. Please refer to your district calendars for competition dates.
Teams qualifying to participate in the CDE/LDE and other competitive events above state competition must maintain 50% of the original qualifying team members in order to represent Kansas FFA at the national event. (1/2002 Kansas FFA Executive Committee)
|Event||Requires Qualification||Number per District|
|Agricultural issues forum||No|
|Creed speaking||Yes||Two (2) individuals|
|Discussion meet||Yes||Three (3) individuals|
|Employment skills||Yes||Three (3) individuals|
|Parliamentary procedure||Yes||Two (2) teams|
|Novice arliamentary procedure||Yes||Two (2) teams|
|Ritual||Yes||Two (2) teams|
|Leadership information||Yes||Two (2) teams|
|Senior division||Yes||Five (5) teams|
|Extemperaneous||Yes||Five (5) teams|
Kansas State CDEs in Agriculture
The State Educational Career Development Events in Agriculture are held each spring on Kansas State University campus in Manhattan.
CDE's scheduled to be conducted are: Ag Communication; Ag Sales; Ag Technology & Mechanical Systems; Agronomy; Dairy Cattle Evaluation & Management; Entomology; Farm & Agribusiness Management; Floriculture; Food Science & Technology; Horse Evaluation; Livestock Evaluation; Meats Evaluation & Technology; Milk Quality & Products; Nursery /Landscape; Poultry Evaluation; and Veterinary Science.
The following system will be used in designating Kansas representatives in CDE's above the state level requiring State FFA Office approval. Other CDE's will be determined by the judgment of the State FFA Executive Committee. No team that places below fifth in an event will be able to represent the Kansas FFA Association.
|Ag communications||National FFA CDE|
|Ag sales||National FFA CDE|
|Ag technology & mechanical systems||National FFA CDE|
|Agronomy||National FFA CDE|
|Dairy cattle evaluation & management||National FFA CDE||(2nd) North American International Livestock Show|
|Environmental & natural resources||National FFA CDE|
|Farm & agribusiness management||National FFA CDE|
|Floriculture||National FFA CDE|
|Food science & technology||National FFA CDE|
|Forestry||National FFA CDE|
|Horse evaluation||National FFA CDE||(2nd) American Quarter Horse Youth Show
(3rd) Quarter Horse Congress
(4th/5th) Paint Horse Youth Show, the Morgan Horse Show or the Arabian National Show
|Livestock evaluation||National FFA CDE||(2nd)American Royal
|Meats evaluation & technology||National FFA CDE||(2nd) National Western|
|Milk quality & products||National FFA CDE|
|Nursery / landscape||National FFA CDE|
|Poultry evaluation||National FFA CDE|
|Veterinary science||National FFA CDE|